Esco Alley Art
the frames, Part A


Of course a mural doesn’t normally have a frame. A mural is usually painted directly on a wall.

It’s been tough to figure out the frames.

But our committee is concerned that having a group of artists working in the alley could create problems. Painting on an uneven surface is hard, painting on bricks is hard since they soak up a lot of paint, painting in the alley could be dangerous from cars going by, and painters would certainly be in the way of delivery trucks going by. Plus, artists would need to work on ladders or scaffolding to reach the top of the murals.

We decided to address these concerns by having the artist paint the mural on a “canvas” that we would “hang” in the alley.

Of course, the canvas had to be durable enough for outside, and the hanging mechanism would have to keep the canvas secured to the wall. We would also want to be able to remove and replace our canvases on occasion.

So our current plan is to use 2 pieces of 4 x 8 plywood placed side-by-side to create an 8 x 8 canvas. Then we will build frames out of treated (and conveniently brick colored) 2 x 4 wood studs bolted to the wall, in order to secure the canvases to the wall. We will cut a notch in the inside edge of the frame to hold the plywood in place on the frame.

The next step is to build and evaluate a prototype.

 Escondido is for artists. 

Come & CElebrate!!

2023 Esco Alley Art Party

Explore 12 new murals, and join us for birthday cake to celebrate Mayor Dane White’s birthday.

4 PM on Saturday, September 9th

Alley Art Party with DJ & cake, Free and Open to All, with food available for purchase from Doña Rosa Raspados. 

Find us in the alley south of Grand Ave between Kalmia and Juniper.

Global Roots Mural Mosaic Unveiling

America Connects West Mural

Music, Food, Friends, and Art!

Maple Street Plaza
Escondido, CA 92025

Join us for the Unveiling!

Sunday March 26, 3pm

Let's party!

2022 Esco Alley Art Party

Come celebrate the addition of 12 new murals with our artists in Downtown Escondido!

3 PM on Saturday, November 12th

Alley Art Party with Live Music, Free and Open to All!

Find us in the alley south of Grand Ave between Broadway and Kalmia.

Call For Artists

2023 Season

Esco Alley Art exists because of our wonderful artists. Apply today to participate in our next round of murals.

Thank you!

We so appreciate your generosity.